This classic Camaro is now an electric hot rod thanks to an EV conversion kit from XING mobility.
Way back in 1969, the Chevrolet Camaro would have come with a big, burbling V8 engine in various sizes. It would hardly make the same sort of power that today’s Camaro would make with a mere inline 4-cylinder, but that’s the way technology works: everything gets smaller and more powerful the longer you wait.
Wait long enough and the internal combustion engine just entirely disappears.
That’s what XING Mobility is trying to accomplish with their new Immersio Modular Battery System. What it does is allow old clunkers to be reborn as electric hotrods by tossing away that old liquified dinosaur-chugging engine and replacing it with clean electric power.
XING describes the system as "assembled like building blocks to meet a huge variety of configurations based on the size, shape and power needs of the vehicle." What this means in practice is that it’s easy to install on any GM vehicle that was (or still is) powered by an LS small-block engine.
Everything goes right under the hood. Obviously, you’ll need to take the old engine out, but in its place is a 450-volt AC induction motor with a peak output of 320 hp. That’s almost as much as the Camaro got when it had a giant 6.7-L V8 under there. However, XING notes that the system is completely modular, which means if you want more power you can just add in more motors. The only limitation is the amount of space in the vehicle.
Batteries are also modular and can be mounted to provide as much or as little range as you want. Each battery cell is submerged in a new non-conductive fluid that improves heat management and thus also improves peak power output and charging times. It also improves battery life by allowing up to 3,000 charging cycles per pack.
Best of all, the electric motor connects directly with the existing transmission so there’s no need to perform a full powertrain swap. This is as plug-and-play as it gets.
XING’s ‘69 Camaro concept will be at this year’s SEMA show in the First Time & Featured section until November 8th.